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What are typical gifts given in a British wedding? How are those chosen?

British wedding gifts today are not much different than other locations around the world. In most cases, the bride and groom will create a list of gifts they would like for wedding gifts. Cutlery set, paintings, picture frames, champagne, dinner sets are popular.

They may send the list, have a gift registry or a person such as a mother of the bride or groom to be in charge of the gift list. It is customary, that when you choose a gift, you let the person in charge of the gift know that it has been purchased so no one else will purchase the same gift.

Of course, many couples are asking for money instead of gifts. They can use the money for their honeymoon or other items they may need for their home.

In most cases, the gifts on the list will be items they will need when they set up their home together. Many couples today already have several items in their homes that will be used when they are husband and wife, so it always best to follow their gift list or give money to ensure they will actually use the item you purchase.

British Marriage Vows

Even though the bride and groom can add to their wedding vows, there are specific declaratory and contracting words that must be used as they legal requirements and cannot be changed in any fashion. There are three different choices which include:

First Ceremony
Declaratory - I do solemnly declare that I know not of any lawful impediment why I, ????, may not be joined in matrimony to ????.

Contracting - I call upon these persons here present to witness that I, ???? do take thee ???? to be my lawfully wedded wife/husband.

Second Ceremony
Declaratory - I declare that I know of no legal reason why I, ???? may not be joined in marriage to ????.

Contracting - I ???? take thee ???? to be my wedded wife/husband.

Third Ceremony

Declaratory - The Officiating Registrar will ask 'Are you ???? free lawfully to marry ?????' to which you must reply, 'I am'.

Contracting - I ???? take you ???? to be my wedded wife/husband.

How British Families Split Wedding Expenses

The tradition is for the bride's family to pay for the wedding. On other hand, with the expense of today's wedding, the expenses are now divided.

The Groom or His Family Expenses

The costs for the engagement ring, wedding ring, marriage license, church or venue fees, formal wear for the gentlemen in the wedding party, flowers for the venue, wedding party, and reception, gifts for all attendants, transportation to and from the wedding, the photographer and the honeymoon.

The Bride or Her Family Expenses

The brides family is responsible for all the wedding reception costs including the decorations, the brides dress and all accessories, the dresses and accessories for the bridesmaids', stationary and all other printing costs, announcements in the newspapers, the brides transportation to and from the wedding, and the wedding cake.




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